The sweat, salt, and sunscreen that accumulate on your skin in the summer can wreak havoc on your complexion. You may need to up your cleansing game in order to keep pores clean. If you haven’t tried double cleansing yet, now’s a great time to start. In the evening only, cleanse first with an oil-based cleanser (like Clinique’s Take the Day Off Balm), and then with a gentle gel or foam cleanser (try Hada Labo Tokyo Hydrating Cleanser). The oil cleanser will get the gunk out of your pores, and the second cleanser will remove any remaining oil or grime, making your face a fresh canvas for moisturizing.
Exfoliate and Moisturize Your Body
With swimsuit weather upon us, you want all that visible skin to be smooth and flawless, right? Once a week, try using a sugar body scrub or an exfoliating cloth (try Salux cloths for a cheap but effective option), and be sure to moisturize afterwards.
For super soft skin, try first slathering on an aloe gel (put it in the fridge first for a refreshing boost), and then a layer of body lotion or cream, like Cerave Moisturizing Cream. Farewell, alligator skin!
Protect Yourself From the Sun
You know you should be wearing sunscreen daily during the summer, especially since the sun’s rays account for 80% of wrinkles and visible aging, but did you know that you should be reapplying every two hours? The active ingredients in sunscreens break down with sun exposure, or can get rubbed or sweated off, so be sure to slather it on frequently. Also, with the UV index being so much higher in the summer, wear a broad spectrum sunscreen with at least SPF 30.
It can be a pain to reapply sunscreen, especially if you’re also wearing makeup. Consider wearing a tinted sunscreen instead, like Bare Republic Mineral Tinted Face Sunscreen SPF 30 or Aveeno Positively Radiant CC Cream With Sunscreen, to make reapplying easier.
Check Your Sunscreen’s Expiration Date
My husband recently went surfing and used an old sunscreen that his friend had found in a closet somewhere. Who knows how old it was. Although he slathered it on and waited the appropriate time before going in the water, he still got bright red within less than two hours. The compounds in sunscreens break down over time, especially in heat and light, so be sure you’re using a fresh bottle.
Cool Down With a Mist
One of my favorite ways to refresh and cool down during the summer is to spritz myself with a fine facial mist. It not only cools me down, it also delivers extra moisture to my dehydrated skin.
To control oil in the middle of the day without disturbing your makeup, try spraying your face with a facial mist (like Caudalie Grape Water or First Aid Beauty Vitamin Hydrating Mist), and then blot gently with oil blotting paper.